Having recently listened to Trent Reznor verbally describing the process involved in producing the Nine Inch Nails track The Lovers
I was particularly interested in his description of adding a type of rhythmic modulation to a sound by creating a repeating pattern that would loop every three bars against the 4/4 drum rhythm.
I’m not describing this as well as I could, but the idea would suggest that over the course of a segment of the tune, the shorter pattern would introduce random variations over the beat.
I made the mistake in my break time experimenting, of using an arpeggiated synth noise that I feel was too fast, set against a drum patten that already had breaks and fills. The end result was somewhat underwhelming but I’m comfortable about the fact that I can quickly spot the error.
I’ll try again during the week with a more repetitive 4/4 drum sequence and play my own monophonic melody.